has reportedly installed cameras in its vehicles that record drivers and public
Washington (March 3, 2021) – Senators Edward J. Markey
(D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders
(I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today queried Amazon about reports that
the company has installed surveillance cameras with artificial intelligence
capabilities in its delivery vehicles. The cameras, which employ software from
Driveri, constantly record video footage when drivers are on their delivery
routes and reportedly also capture footage of the roads and sidewalks
surrounding the vehicles. In their letter, the Senators pose questions on the
safety and well-being of delivery service providers; worker and public
surveillance; privacy protections; technology accuracy issues; and data
collection, transmission, and storage.
“Although community and automobile safety are of the utmost
importance, they must not come at the expense of workers and the publics’
safety, privacy, and wellbeing,” write the lawmakers
in their letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “We are concerned that adding
further surveillance tools and monitoring could increase dangers on America’s
roads, place unsafe pressure on drivers, and infringe on individuals’ privacy
A copy of the letter can be found HERE
The lawmakers’ ask Amazon for responses to questions that include:
Does Amazon intend to install Driveri cameras
in all of its delivery vehicles?
Can any driver of Amazon’s vehicles opt-out of
being recorded by Driveri cameras?
Will the monitoring from Driveri be used to
determine driver remuneration, promotion, allocation of hours or tasks, or
What are the circumstances under which Amazon
has or would share Driveri footage with law enforcement entities, including
whether Amazon voluntarily complies with law enforcement requests or requires a
subpoena or other compulsory process?
What is the security protocol that Amazon uses
to protect Driveri camera footage?
Do the Driveri cameras on Amazon’s vehicles
employ facial recognition technology or other biometric recognition technology?
If not, will you commit that you will not integrate any biometric recognition
technologies into the cameras on Amazon’s vehicles?